Housing for On-Campus APSI

Housing at SAIC

We offer optional on-campus housing for students in our APSI Art History on-campus course for a fee of $500 for a single room. You may register for housing when enrolling in your Art History APSI session online.

As a resident, you can truly immerse yourself in a community of fellow artists, live right in the heart of Chicago's Loop, and enjoy conveniences you won't find in most student apartments. Our residence halls are just minutes away from classes, have controlled access into the buildings, and have 24-hour security staff in each facility. You are also close to almost all the major cultural attractions of the city and the comforts of neighborhood living, from grocery stores to coffee shops.

The SAIC residence hall is located at 162 North State Street. The facility is in the heart of downtown Chicago and in close proximity to the SAIC campus, lakefront, parks, restaurants, shopping, and other cultural attractions.

You will need to bring a few items with you to make your stay in Chicago a comfortable one, or you can purchase necessities as needed at nearby stores:

  • Macy’s: Across the street from the residence hall
  • Target: 2 blocks south of the residence hall on State Street
  • Walgreen’s: Across the street from the residence hall

The residence hall rooms are bare when you arrive. You are required to bring your own linens, including: Pillow/Pillowcase, Sheets, Blanket, and Towel/Washcloth. The beds in the residence hall are extra long twin, and past participants have suggested bringing flat sheets from home instead of buying new sheets or using a sleeping bag.

The rooms tend to be cold, so you may also want to bring a sweater/sweatshirt. You can turn on/off the air conditioning in the room but you cannot adjust the temperature. Each room has its own private bath. There are self-serve laundry facilities on the premises for your convenience. The washers and dryers run on quarters.

The weather in Chicago is as unpredictable as the residence hall room temperatures. We suggest that you check the weather forecast in Chicago, www.weather.com, before you leave to ensure you are properly equipped for your visit. We recommend that you bring casual attire, a light sweater or jacket, and comfortable walking shoes. Dressing in layers is also recommended.

Every residence hall room is equipped with a kitchenette for those who would like to prepare their own meals. These rooms, however, do not contain any cookware or utensils; you will need to bring your own cooking supplies or purchase them when you arrive. If you choose to eat out, there is a wide selection of restaurants within close walking distance of the residence hall including the Neiman Center, SAIC’s student center located at 37 South Wabash Avenue.

Other downtown eateries include: Chipotle, Corner Bakery Café, Cosi, Good Stuff Eatery, HotWoks (sushi), Jamba Juice, Jimmy John’s, McDonald’s, Naf Naf Grill, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Protein Bar, Subway, and Under 55 Café (assorted options).

All residence hall rooms are equipped with telephones that provide service for incoming and outgoing calls within the school system. You may place all other outgoing phone calls by cell phone or calling card.

Additional items to bring:
Alarm Clock, Backpack/Tote Bag, Digital Camera, Favorite Art Materials, iPad/Laptop, iPod/Music, Paint Brushes, Sketchbook/Notebook, Studio Clothes, Sunscreen, Umbrella, and Walking Shoes

Transportation to SAIC

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from either of Chicago's airports (O'Hare or Midway). We recommend students use Airport Express and call 1.888.2THEVAN or visit airportexpress.com to make a reservation. Airport Express operates beginning at 4:00 a.m. daily from O'Hare, every 15 minutes daily from Midway, and will take students directly to their residence halls from either airport.

Where to catch the Airport Express:

  • O'Hare: Pick-up GO Airport Express van across from baggage claim in the domestic terminal by doors 1E, 2D, or 3F, and 5E
  • Midway: Pick-up GO Airport Express van lower level across from baggage claim by door 3

Students may also use a taxi service or public transportation from either airport. Cab fare is approximately $40–$50 and public transportation is $2.25–$5.00 one way. For public transit maps, visit transitchicago.com.

If You Plan On Driving To Chicago:
There are many parking garages in the area surrounding the 162 North State Street Residences. They vary in price from $16.00-$25.00 per day. We recommend the Grant Park Parking Garage and the Monroe Parking Garage, both within close walking distance of the residence hall and SAIC campus.